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River Rising

By Athol Dickson


Welcome to Pilotville, Louisiana, 1927, isolated outpost on the Mississippi River—a stilt village bounded by swampland to the horizon, an island of brotherly love in a sea of racism.

Meet Reverend Hale Poser, stranger with a bad hip come looking for his roots. A humble man, a righteous man, a miracle man.

See Hannah Lamont, new baby daughter to James and Rosa, a breech birth if not for this stranger’s touch upon her mother’s belly. She’s perfect, and her parents’ sweet joy until, suddenly, she vanishes.

Who but this stranger could have done this terrible thing?

Who but this man of miracles could see that it’s undone?

In the swamp beyond the tupelo and cypress lurks a lingering evil, sleeping on in dreadful seclusion. Then the Reverend silently slides ashore, and it will sleep no longer. It will rain down on Pilotville, it will rise up like a river, and nothing but a miracle can stop this awful flood.

Book Takeaway:

God will stoop down to the lowest place on earth to save us.


Year Title Description
2006 Christy Award for Suspense Winner
2008 Audie Award Winner
2008 AudioFile Earphone Award Winner
2006 Booklist Top Ten Christian Novels Winner
2006 Christianity Today Best Novel of the Year Finalist

Why the author wrote this book:

I wondered what it would look like in real life, if a person truly had a faith the size of a mustard seed.


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